Hidden Stories from the Collection: Police Cutlasses in Cornwall

Held within the Historic Collections of Devon and Cornwall Police, but on display in Truro Police station (moved into the new station site in 2014), are a set of six cutlasses, believed to date from around 1857. These are particularly interesting as we have been searching for many years to find information on their provenance, and whether or not we can securely date them to the mid-nineteeth century.

A great day in York at the Crime and Punishment Collections Network

I've just got back from attending the Crime and Punishment Collections Network (CaP) AGM at York Castle Museum in my role as the group's treasurer. York Castle Museum is a lovely and diverse museum with views from the windows of Clifford's Tower and their First World War exhibition - "1914: when the world changed forever"- … Continue reading A great day in York at the Crime and Punishment Collections Network

The Project So Far – In Pictures

As we're nearing the end of Stage One of our Heritage Lottery Fund Start-Up Grant project, Policing Past Community Present, we thought we'd share with you today some images from the last six months. The final part of this stage is to hold Focus Groups and a Consultation Survey, which we will use to gather … Continue reading The Project So Far – In Pictures

Would you be interested in helping our project?

Policing Past Community Present is a new project working with and developing the Historic Collections of Devon & Cornwall Police in a way that will create a clear social mission for policing heritage.  Intellectually, the project aims to challenge the stereo-typical image of museums of crime and punishment and show that, interpreted with sensitivity and … Continue reading Would you be interested in helping our project?